Over the summer, some friends of mine visited Disney World. It started me thinking the Star Wars/Disney mashup toys Disney has released. And then I thought, “Fighter Pod versions would be great!”. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any extra Disney toys to use.
Flash forward a few weeks and I see Goofy figurines at the local Dollar Tree. Since Goofy is my favorite of the Disney gang, I was now ready to start.
(On a side note, I never really understood why Goofy was made Darth Vader. I understand that they are both tall, but Goofy doesn’t really have that Sith attitude. Maybe a Wookie? Frankly, he’d make a pretty good Jar Jar.)
Darth Goofy was made from the aforementioned Goofy figurine, a holographic Darth Vader Fighter Pod, and a hand from a figure I can’t remember (I had previously pilfered the non-lightsaber hand for another project). The head is a little big for the Fighter Pod scale, but tiny Vader helmet (from the actual Fighter Pod head) on Goofy’s head makes me chuckle. Since the figure was made from translucent red plastic, I left the lightsaber unpainted to give it that glowing look.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is paired with Dak Ralter just before the battle on Hoth. He serves as Luke’s gunner as they fly off in a snowspeeder to repel the Imperial attack.
Dak is made from a Biggs Darklighter figure. Since I have made a few other figures from this same figure, I wanted to differentiate Dak from them. I cut off Biggs’ gun and added a wrench from Chewbacca and a Star Trek tricorder.
Dak Ralter (image from Wookiepedia)
One of my favorite Star Wars stories is from the Star Wars: Empire comics #26 and 27, which takes place right after the Episode IV. In this story, Luke and his X-Wing Squadron are setting up a communications center on a remote planet when the Empire shows up and hijinks ensue. While there, Luke stumbles across a clone trooper who was the sole survivor of a ship that crashed there during the Clone Wars. The trooper, BL-1707 aka Able, joins the Rebels and becomes a supporting character in the series.
Star Wars Empire #27 (photo from force.net)
The fine folks at Hasbro were nice enough to make a Clone Trooper Fighter Pod with his helmet off. I used one of the Hologram versions from Series 4 to make Able.
While Hasbro made a lot of versions of Fighter Pods Lukes, they didn’t do a Hoth Luke. Since they did make a Hoth Han, and bunch of snowtroopers, a snowspeeder, and an AT-AT, I figured I’d make a Hoth Luke to fill the gap.
He was made from a Hoth Han and a Lightning bolt Luke (both from series 4 and both were repaints from Series 1).
Sometimes the simplest custom is the best. The Arc Trooper design is one of my favorite aspects of the Star Wars prequels. I always liked the blue designs the best so I decided to make one from a Series IV Arc Trooper Captain.
Arc Trooper and Captain
Fighter Pods are my favorite line of toys A multitude of characters and ships at an affordable price and small enough to take up little space. And so darn cool too. And despite four series of Star Wars figures, there were still plenty of characters left to be made. So I started making them.
I made a Rodian Jedi. I have always liked the Rodians, and had an extra Greedo and a hologram Mace Windu.
The Fighter Pod Jedi Council